It's funny because there was one question that rippled around the room: "What next?" Someone talked of going into "Vanity Publishing" ("I read online for £700 you can get 100 copies printed") or maybe even trying to get a literary agent etc. I had genuinely not thought about all that kind of thing. My plan is to simply edit my novel "Joe The Lion" until I'm happy with it and then bung it on the Kindle store for as cheap as possible. I may be able to call myself a "novelist" but by no stretch of the imagination am I ready to try it as a career.
Talk of editing our novels came up during the evening, with mention of something called "National Novel Editing Month" which sounds like a great idea (trying to tally up 50 hours of editing in one month). I'm sure that I'll give that a go too. It shocked me when someone suggested paying others to edit their work for them. I don't know, maybe I didn't treat NaNoWriMo as a serious thing, like others did or perhaps they were taking it too serious!
I cannot help but feel somewhat confused about the events over the last couple of days. There's been an attempt in the UK to start "Black Friday". Bearing in mind that we do not celebrate Thanksgiving and we do have something similar called Boxing Day the day after Christmas. Needless to say, nothing bad happened in the UK version of Black Friday but there have been a few videos uploaded showing the goings on with the darker side of the famous day of sales.
I kind of like what Nadia G (From "Bitchin' Kitchen") has to say about it here and I couldn't agree more. It just strengthens my belief in natural selection...
I really enjoyed the writing process this time around. I enjoyed sitting in my office, scribbling away listneing to the radio at any opportunity I had. It was great. It turns out that I really enjoy writing. So much so that I have decided to treat myself and bring back my blog. Like properly, domain and all...
Apologies to all those who hate my blog.
If only there were some other way...
The idea of Facebook is a fantastic one, you can keep in contact with all of your friends all in one place and it's all going to be fantastic... except it's really not. People are constantly being negative on there and it's hard to not be dragged down into their pit of despair...
My wife and I enjoy playing board games. I noticed a few days ago that the games we enjoy playing the most have an element of respect in them. We love to play Scrabble and chess. When either of us put down a good word or pull off a particuarly nice move in chess it's hard not to be impressed. Those games have an element of competition but there is more of a focus on taking part.
Just more clues that the wife and I are turning into grown ups.
The internet is an interesting thing as in the same instance it is the best thing ever invented but it's also the worst thing ever invented.
It's a great place to share a message of hope, happiness and gratitude for the things around us but it's also a swirling pit of negativity that will try and suck down anything in it's path. It's best to use it wisely or you cluld end up in the latter. I'm hoping that my blog will be the former in that it will be a little lifeboat of respite in a sea of horrible.
I know that it's easier said than done and it would be a lot easier for me to just list off the things that anoy me but then what would I achieve? I'd rather just say things that people will find helpful or at least not annoy them.
I find myself compelled to start writing a blog. I'm not sure why this is but I feel a strange need to. I think it's because I like to write and blogging is a platform where I can do it.
I'm not sure what it is my blog is going to be about but I am in the hope that people will enjoy reading it.
I'm a happy person who likes to get the best out of people and if I can help people in anyway, I'll do it!